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Per­for­mance-paint­ing is described by Peñalver as “cre­ation through per­for­mance cap­tur­ing the ener­gy of the here and now”.
In Peñalver’s eyes, the per­for­mance is the sub­ject, like a land­scape, that will be expressed across his can­vas.

His per­for­mance-paint­ings series LIVE AND RITUAL, were staged over 15 years in New York City. These series’ explore the lim­i­ta­tions of free­dom and the end­less strug­gle to exist.

Peñalver often cre­ates his works while bur­dened by lit­er­al lim­i­ta­tions: bound to coun­ter­weights or his face obstruct­ed. In oth­er cas­es his own body and finite ener­gy are what lim­it his cre­ation. But the per­for­mance is always rep­re­sen­ta­tive of lim­i­ta­tions in life, and the rit­u­als we cre­ate to deal with them.

DUEL

BROOKLYN ROOMMATE

BULL ON A ROPE

CLOCK TOWER

GARROTE

HEAD FULL OF BIRDS

INTERNAL LANDSCAPE

RED CIRCLE

LOOK IN MY EYES

OUT OF MY CASTLE

OUT OF MY CASTLE

PAELLA ON THE GRASS

POSITIVE ENERGY

RAPTO DE EUROPA

WHITIFICATION Oil on linen 79" x 110" | 200 x 280 cm 2011

WHITIFICATION